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Pan Pac on the road back

30 November 2023

Nine months ago, Pan Pac Forest Products’ Whirinaki site was flooded under 2m of silt and water when Cyclone Gabrielle hit the Hawke’s Bay region. The company incurred around $300 million in damage to its business and forests. Since then, Pan Pac has been working hard to clear and repair the site, fix damage to forests and roads, and return to normal operations.

To recognise the incredible efforts made by everyone over this period, the company recently held a thank you event for over 600 workers. Pan Pac’s leadership team acknowledged the months of hard work and the progress that has been made since 14 February. The company screened a video about its Sustainability Programme, filmed before and after the cyclone, that also features interviews with staff on the impact of seeing their workplace inundated with water.

Pan Pac marked a milestone in October, when its Chipmill became operational again. Its Lumber business is expected to begin operations in mid-January, while the Pulp business will begin the first phase of operations later in February.

Source and image credit: Pan Pac

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